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North Central (NCAA), Menlo (NAIA), Indian Hills (NJCAA) are No. 1 in women’s college preseason polls

by NWCA, NAIA, NJCAA and USA Wrestling

Action from the 2023 National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Championships (NCWWC) for NCAA teams. (Photo by AJ Grieves, Mat Focus)

The three major college sports organizations with varsity women’s wrestling programs have released their preseason polls, as the 2023-24 college wrestling competition season has begun.


Below are the team and individual rankings for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).


North Central is No. 1 in NCAA Women's Wrestling Preseason Poll


MANHEIM, Pa. – With the start of 2023-24 women's wrestling season nearing, the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) released their NCAA Women's Wrestling Preseason Coaches' Poll. Defending national champion North Central College sits atop top poll with 14 individuals ranked while six schools have individuals ranked for the first time.


For the second straight year, North Central is ranked atop the poll in the preseason rankings with 128 points. The Cardinals finished won the 2023 National Collegiate Women's Wrestling Coalition (NCWWC) National Championships and have 13 individuals ranked, including seven ranked No. 1.


They are followed by 2022 runner-up and NWCA National Duals champion King University who has 67 points. These two programs are the only two that have at least 10 individuals ranked as the Tornado have 10 ranked individuals.


McKendree University is ranked third with 60 points and nine ranked individuals while Colorado Mesa University has eight ranked individuals and checks in at fourth with 51 points. Sacred Heart University is fifth with 29 points with four individuals ranked while Gannon University has four individuals ranked and is ranked sixth.


NCAA Women’s Wrestling Preseason Team Rankings

Rank/Institution/Total Points, Individuals ranked, previous rank

1. North Central  128        13           2

2. King  67           10           1

3. McKendree      60           9

4. Colorado Mesa 51           8             4

5. Sacred Heart    29           4             9

6. Gannon            26           4             8

7. East Stroudsburg            25           3             11

T8. Lock Haven  22           2             7

T8. Iowa               22           2             NR

10. Adrian            16           3             13

11. Lindenwood  14           2             NR

12. Mount Olive  13           2             NR

T13. Aurora         12           1             10

T13. Presbyterian 12           1             12

T13. Northern Michigan   12           2             14

16. Emmanuel     11           3             NR

17. Tiffin              10           1             17

18. Augsburg       9             1             5

T19.. UW-Stevens Point    7             2             NR

T19. New Jersey City        7             1             16

T19. Ursinus        7             1             NR

T22. Elmira          4             1             NR

T22. Chadron State            4             1             NR

T24. Texas Woman’s         3             1             NR

T24. Emory & Henry         3             1             NR

T24. Simpson      3             1             NR


This is a tournament power index ranking. The poll is not based on a team’s dual strength.


Top-Ranked NCAA Individuals

101 Maddie Avila, North Central

109 Sydney Petzinger, North Central

116 Jaslynn Gallegos, North Central

123 Amani Jones, North Central

130 Cameron Guerin, McKendree

136 Yele Aycock, North Central

143 London Houston, North Central

155 Dalia Garibay, Colorado Mesa

170 Chey Bowman, King

191 Traeh Haynes, North Central


COMPLETE NCAA INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

Menlo College is No. 1 in NAIA Women's Preseason Poll


KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Menlo (Calif.) sits atop the NAIA Women's Wrestling Preseason Top 20. Life (Ga.), Grand View (Iowa), William Penn (Iowa), and Providence (Mont.) round out the top 5 to jump-start the 2023-24 women's wrestling season. Reigning national champion Southern Oregon starts the fresh season in sixth.


NAIA WOMEN’S WRESTLING PRESEASON POLL

Rank/Last Time/ Team/ Points

1             4             Menlo (Calif.)     201

2             1             Life (Ga.)             180

3             2             Grand View (Iowa)            175

4             RV          William Penn (Iowa)         159

5             8             Providence (Mont.)            138

6             3             Southern Oregon 132

7             11           Indiana Tech        130

8             10           Campbellsville (Ky.)          122

9             6             Texas Wesleyan   106

10           13           Missouri Baptist  93

11           5             Cumberlands (Ky.)             78

12           17           Oklahoma City    76

13           20           Doane (Neb.)       68

14           12           Missouri Valley   62

15           16           Hastings (Neb.)   57

16           7             Central Methodist (Mo.)   54

17           19           Baker (Kan.)        47

18           15           Brewton-Parker (Ga.)        43

19           14           Eastern Oregon   40

20           18           Midland (Neb.)   36

Receiving Votes: Lourdes (Ohio) 35, Jamestown (N.D.) 35, Ottawa (Kan.) 33, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 32, Vanguard (Calif.) 29, Waldorf (Iowa) 25, Siena Heights (Mich.) 23, Friends (Kan.) 22, Avila (Mo.) 21, Saint Mary (Kan.) 18, York (Neb.) 18, St. Andrews (N.C.) 16, Jarvis Christian (Texas) 13, Montreat (N.C.) 4


Top-Ranked NAIA Individuals

101 – Erin Hikiji, Providence (Mont.)

109 – Mia Palumbo, William Penn (Iowa)

116 – Camille Fournier, Texas Wesleyan

123 – Carolina Moreno, Southern Oregon

130 – Sarah Savidge, Life (Ga.)

136 – Adaugo Nwachukwu, William Penn (Iowa)

143 – Jamilah McBryde, Life (Ga.)

155 – Latifah McBryde, Life (Ga.)

170 – Abby McIntyre, Grand View (Iowa)

191 – Tavia Heidelberg-Tillotson, Menlo (Calif.)


COMPLETE NAIA INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

Indian Hills is No. 1 in NJCAA Women's Preseason Poll


Indian Hills, which won the inaugural NJCAA Women’s Wrestling Invitational in 2023, is ranked No. 1 in the preseason rankings released by the NJCAA. Rounding out the top five are No. 2 Iowa Central, No. 3. Umpqua, No. 4 Snow and No. 5 Carl Albert.

2023-24 NJCAA Women's Wrestling - Preseason

Rank/Team/Points

1             Indian Hills          139

2             Iowa Central        117

3             Umpqua 107

4             Snow     87

5             Carl Albert           79

6             Iowa Western      61

7             Southwestern Oregon        34

8             North Iowa Area 20

9             Southeast (NE)    16

10           Trinidad State      10


Top-Ranked NAIA Individuals

101 - Dutchess King, Indian Hills

109 - Lexi Miller, Carl Albert

116 - Shammilka Miranda Diaz, Indian Hills

123 - Victoriana Kim, Southwestern Oregon

130 - Zainab Ibrahim, Umpqua

136 - Anaable Garcia, Umpqua

143 - Ana Barnoski, Carl Albert

155 - Ferny Hernandez, Iowa Western

170 - Yaracely Saenz, Indian Hills

191 - Maranda Bell, Iowa Central

235 - Eliana Bommarito, Indian Hills


COMPLETE NJCAA INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

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